How Positive Self Talk Helps Boost the Subconscious & Your Belief System

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May 5, 2017

Without realizing it, people are their own biggest critics. It is usually blamed on the outside world for inflicting negative energy on others and causing self-esteem issues from verbal abuse, but what a lot of us fail to realize, is that we are sometimes the only ones constantly talking down to ourselves. Many times, when people are faced with decision making, a negative voice pops up in our heads telling us all the reasons why whatever decision we make is a going to be a bad one and that we will fail at whatever we try to accomplish.

On a side note, it is true that the outside world is originally to blame for this bad habit. This may be because, as children, we were exposed to negative comments from great influencers such as our parents, peers, relatives, and teachers. With our young minds willfully learning facts and information from these people, we hang on to the things that stand out the most to us. And that just may be a piece of negative advice as to why we’re not good enough. This gets buried in our subconscious mind over time, and those negative voices adapt to the format of our own voice. But, you don’t have to live like this. With a few simple steps, you can change your negative thought process.

Identify the source of the Voice

In order to fix a problem; you must first admit that you have one. Take notice the next time you hear a negative voice when it comes time to make a decision. Identify where this doubt came from, whether it be from your mother constantly telling you, “you’re too young to do that on your own” as a child, or, your childhood best friend always treating you like a useless sidekick. Mark it the moment it pops up.

Replace the Negative with Positive

As soon as you recognize the birth of this self-doubt, ask yourself “is this true?”. Chances are, it’s not true, and you are not a worthless imbecile. Tell yourself the truth, that you are a human being who is capable of mistakes, and who is also capable of recovering from those mistakes. Overpower those doubts with positive truths about yourself.

Negative self-talk is not something we choose to pick up in the early days of our lives, but it is something that we choose to carry with us every day. The mind is a very powerful place and it sometimes hardwires itself, without your permission, to pick up certain habits that you wouldn’t wilfully keep. So the only way to rid this subconscious disease is to willfully tackle it every time it flares. In addition to that, you should also consider performing subconscious mind exercises like meditation. Everyone knows that in order to maintain a healthy relationship, you need to have constant communication with your partner. So why not treat your mind the same way? Choose to become friends with your subconscious self and in no time, you will become a haven of true, positive thoughts.

Three Questions About Your Diet

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October 26, 2016

Diets are a funny thing. More and more people are coming to realise that you are always on some kind of diet, the question is whether or not your diet is supporting the way you want to live. There are still plenty of people out there who think of the word diet, and think of “going on a diet”, that is to say, somehow drastically changing the way they eat for a certain period of time for the purposes of losing weight.

This definition of diet is pretty unhelpful really, since it encourages people to see-saw from one weight to another, to spend a month or two miserable and wracked with cravings, and then a week blowing out and putting all the weight right back on again.

So, a new way of looking at it, is that a diet is just what you eat as a general rule. If you are smart, then you will tailor the way you eat to suit yourself at any given period. The question is, what is the best diet for you right now?

Here are a few questions that might help you find the best diet for you right now.

1. Are you happy?

This is perhaps the most important question you can ask yourself. Now, the answer is rarely a straightforward yes or no. There are often things that we are happy about, and things that we are not so happy about.

There can be emotional events or turmoil in our lives that makes us unhappy, thoughts of things left undone, or even worse, unstarted.

There can be physical issues like skin problems or feeling like you are over or under-weight.

Ask yourself how your mood has been of late. Have you had arguments with those close to you? Have you felt good one minute and terrible the next. Have you had a black cloud over you or are you a sparkling ray of sunshine?

It may come as a surprise, but all of these things can be affected by our diets. Of course, our diets cannot change unpleasant things on the outside, they can help us feel good in ourselves, and that means we are better able to deal with life’s turmoils when they turn up.

2. Do you still feel young?

Numerous studies have shown that people who still feel young at heart live longer. Stands to reason really. Again, it may come as some surprise to find that your diet can help with even this. In fact, one of the hallmarks of getting your diet and lifestyle right is that you feel as young and enthusiastic about things as you ever did.

3. Do you enjoy your food?

This question is central to any consideration of diet and what diet might be right for you. No diet or lifestyle is going to work if you don’t enjoy your food. One of the whole points of eating, as any Chef will tell you, is to have the joyful experience of eating something truly delicious when you are rightly hungry.

The experience is often ten million times better when you have made the food yourself, and even better when you have cobbled something new together using only the things you have in at the time.

Getting your diet right is all about finding out how to truly enjoy your food – not with a guilty feeling because you “shouldn’t”, and not with an unsatisfied feeling like “you want to but you can’t”.

Keep in mind that a good diet that is right for you will result in you answering each of these questions in a very satisfying way.

Obviously, we can’t be happy all the time about everything, that would be daft. Also, there will be times and days where we all feel our age, and certainly there are times when we have to make do with some crappy food that we don’t much like and isn’t really the kind of thing we would normally eat, but you’re in a service station so what’re you gonna do?

However, the wonderful truth is that it is possible to find a diet that is right for you, one that is easy for you to follow, most of the time. One that is flexible enough that you can have the odd blip or blowout, but it doesn’t really matter. But you have to start looking, and trying a few things out. No one apart from you can find this out – we are all too different.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t buy a blender and a juicer and overhaul your whole lifestyle right now, you can take small steps. We can all afford a new herb or spice pot once a week, or a different veg choice or two.

Get stuck in! You’ve got a whole lifetime to work it out, but the sooner you do, the better and longer that life will be, guaranteed!

The Lowdown on Let’s Get Cookin’

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April 3, 2016

Let’s Get Cookin’ is cooking up a few plans (excuse the pun!). We’ll be back real soon with plenty of good articles and posts about our adventures in the kitchen.

Time has moved on, and there are just so many different kitchen implements, tools, machinery and accessories… this is why our blog is not just about recipes and cooking ideas. It’s about cooking in the real world. Every one is so busy these days, it’s as if we jsut don’t have the time to cook anymore. And that’s such a shame – but, you know, it’s life. So we’ll hopdfully be bringing you some great tips on how you can fit in good food to a busy lifestyle.

We’ll also be discussing all the best ways to get hold of recipes, and even how to start your own cooking blog. Because these days there are so many more options for anyone who loves cooking and we suggest sharing your talents with the world!

So what else, as we say, we’re cooking up some great plans and we’ll be back soon to get them all rolling. So bear with us, and we’ll be updating soon.